Tabata training: one of the most energetically effective high-intensity intermittent training methods

J Physiol Sci. 2019 Jul;69(4):559-572. doi: 10.1007/s12576-019-00676-7. Epub 2019 Apr 19.


For decades, high-intensity interval/intermittent exercise training methods have been used by elite athletes to improve their performance in sports. One of the most effective training methods, i.e., 'Tabata training,' is reviewed herein from the viewpoint of the energetics of exercise. The prior research describing the metabolic profile and effects of Tabata training is also summarized, with some historical anecdotes.

Keywords: Aerobic; Anaerobic; High-intensity; Intermittent exercise; Sports activity.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological / physiology
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • High-Intensity Interval Training / methods*
  • Humans
  • Oxygen Consumption / physiology
  • Physical Endurance / physiology*